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Film Review: Insurgent (The Divergent Series)

It’s a quick one from me today. Just a quick film review of The Divergent Series: Insurgent that I saw on Monday with Moana.

The Basics:

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Tay Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet.

Released: March 19 2015 (UK), March 20 2015 (US).

The Plot:

“As she [Tris] searches for allies and answers in the wake of the uprising, Tris and Four are on the run. Being hunted by Jeanine Matthews, the leader of the Erudite faction, Tris and Four will race against time as they try to figure out what Abnegation sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris faces one impossible challenge after another as she unlocks the truth about the past and ultimately the future of her world.” IMDb


*There may be unintentional spoilers now, so read with caution*


The film pretty much picks up right from where the first film left off. I’ve read the books a few years ago, and while I can’t actually remember much of what happened, I have a fair idea. In truth I was more excited about this one, than the first one, because I was pretty sure that I’d liked the second book the most (I now think I was thinking about the Hunger Games trilogy… Oh well). I also didn’t realise how many ‘big’ names are in this film.

The Good:

I pretty much enjoyed every scene that Miles Teller was in, mostly because his character is hilarious, in a mean and sarcastic kind of way. The simulations were also cool to watch as were the fighting action scenes. I also hadn’t remembered as much of the book as I’d previously thought, so there were quite a few “OMG no” moments for me.

The Bad:

I felt like it took an incredibly long time to get into the gritty, action-packed part. Maybe it was because I’d had preconceived expectations about what it was supposed it would be like, (which in the end I think I had remembered inaccurately,) I had been waiting and waiting for it for the majority of the film.


Overall, it was an alright film. It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t un-watchable either. I felt like it took a while to get into the nitty gritty of the film, but from half-way through, the film did start to get a lot better. Miles Teller was my favourite, and Shailene Woodley was pretty good too, as was Kate Winslet. I feel like what doesn’t help, is that it’s quite difficult to not compare it to the Hunger Games, which unfortunately for the Divergent series, came out first and are arguably better films.

Rating: 2.75/5

Watch the trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent below:


    • Thanks! Usually, I’m a huge Naomi Watts fan. In this film though, I felt like she was a bit of a non event. In saying that, she wasn’t on screen very much, and I think it was more that her character was a bit weak, not her acting. So I didn’t think she was terrible, but it definitely wasn’t the Naomi Watts I know and love. 🙂

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